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Football League World’s Nottingham Forest fan pundit Sam George has given his verdict on centre-back Joe Worrall’s comments regarding his season away on loan.
The 22-year-old was shipped out to Rangers for the entirety of the 2018/19 campaign by Aitor Karanka but commented in the Nottingham Post recently that he had felt ‘hard done by’.
However, George has backed the club on this one.
“He wasn’t doing too badly for a young centre-back but I can understand why he went out on loan,” the regular punter told Football League World.
“He didn’t have much experience and the way we wanted to go under Aitor Karanka, he wanted players who were good enough now rather than needing to wait four or five years.”
Prior to being sent to Scotland, Worrall had made 56 appearances for the Reds including 31 in the second-tier campaign of 2017/18.
Under Steven Gerrard’s stewardship north of the border he continued to develop, making 32 appearances in all competitions before returning to the City Ground this summer.
And, after making a strong start to the current season and appearing in all six league matches, George is adamant that the loan did Worrall a world of good.
“Looking back at it I think sending him on loan has been very good for him,” he said.
“He got regular football which he wasn’t going to get with us and he seems to have come back a much better player so it’s worked out for both club and player.
“I think before the season started he wouldn’t have been in the top-four for first choice centre-backs at the club.
“But given how well he has done so far he has to start, alongside Michael Dawson, as you can’t drop either of them at the minute.
“I would say he has to start every game if he’s fit.”